242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Our beloved United States Marine Corps
celebrates their 242nd Birthday on 10 November
Col. Harvey C. (Barney) Barnum USMC Ret. MOH
The Naperville Marines are extremely pleased to announce that Col. Harvey C. (Barney) Barnum USMC Ret. MOH, will be our special guest of honor for our 2017 Birthday Ball.
Col. Barnum was the fourth Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam, his bio and citation appear below.
Toys for Tots
The Naperville Marines will again join with Company "E" 4th Recon Bn. USMC Reserve Forces in their annual Toys for Tots campaign.
Over 40 years ago, several Naperville Marines met in the home of the late Drew Mathews, Lt.Col. USMC (retired) to celebrate the United States Marine Corps Birthday. From that small gathering the tradition of the ‘Marine Ball” here in Naperville has grown to 400-500 guests that gather every year to “Honor and Celebrate” our beloved United States Marine Corps on November 10th. We Naperville Marines are proud and committed to carry on this tradition.
It is also that time of the year again when everyone around the world pays homage to all our United States Marines that have served and continue to serve our great country in harms’ way all over the World. ALL Marines, on November 10th of every year, stop and honor this special day.
Now if you are still reading this and want to see what other folks have to say about our “Beloved Corps”, here you go:
From the Religious side
“You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth-and the amusing thing about it is that they are.”
Father Kevin Keaney, 1st Marine Division Chaplin - Korean War
From a First Lady
“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!”
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
If you would like a few more quotes, visit More Quotes About Marines.